O Álbum | The Album
O Álbum (The Album) is a hybrid creation which intertwines the universes of performance, photography, video, image in real time and music, using some fragments of texts from La Chambre Claire (Camera Lucida) by Roland Barthes and Crave by Sarah Kane as the conducting dramaturgic thread. There is an element that counters them in this fusion of languages: the issue of the immobility and the change. Neither the photographs, nor the video images nor the texts are subject to change and wear (unless we deliberately intervene in them, a posteriori to their conception). However the body (performance) will be irremediably subject to wear, to loss and to transformation. It is perhaps the cruel fatality from which we can not escape and about which we intend to reflect.
Premiered November 2008
Estúdio Performas | Aveiro | Portugal
Direction, plastic conception and spacial installation, dramaturgy and performance: Helena Botto
Original music composition and sound: João Figueiredo
Video editing and mixing: Cláudio Oliveira
Performers on the video: Helena Botto e Pedro Bastos
Text: fragmentos de “Câmara Clara” de Roland Barthes e de “Crave” de Sarah Kane fragments from “La Chambre Claire” (Camera Lucida) by Roland Barthes and from “Crave” by Sarah Kane
Lights Design: José Nuno Lima
Lights operation: João Teixeira
Graphic design: Look Concepts
Executive production: Helena Botto / Projecto Transparências – criação de objectos performativos – associação
Video recording of the performance scene: António Fonseca / Cine-Clube de Avanca
Thanks to: André de Brito Correia, Ana Sofia Ricardo, António Costa Valente, Bruno Reis / João Veludo (and to the team of Gretua), Hugo Martins, João Mendes, José Filipe Pereira, Pedro Bastos e família Bastos, Teresa Gomes de Albuquerque, Tiago Castro e um agradecimento muito especial a and a very special thank-you to Emanuel Pina.
Translation of texts and catalogues: Teresa Gomes de Albuquerque
A Projecto Transparências – criação de objectos performativos – associação production in co-production with PerFormas
Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (programa Novos Encenadores), Instituto Português da Juventude, MC/ Direcção Geral das Artes and Look Concepts.